South Africa - With the aim to inform, inspire, mobilize and educate community members involved in the arts, the fourth Hello Community Arts Development Programme and Festival was hosted at the Breytenbach Theatre from 16 - 26 August, with DWR Distribution and the SOS Charity fund supporting the event.
Hello is the vision of Hardus Koekemoer and Wandile Mgcodo from the Department of Entertainment Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology, has seen its state funding slashed, but the university, alongside DWR Distribution and radio broadcaster 93.6 Tshwane FM, have continued to invest in the project.
“We were presented with vast talent around Gauteng, and with the introduction of a poetry evening added to the theatre and music productions, we gained a new audience,” explained Wandile Mgcodo. “My highlight is always seeing the groups performing on a professional stage, for which to some, it’s the first time. Of course, we can’t forget the students, who are so passionate that you sometimes forget about all other problems.”
“For the students, the festival offers an experimental learning experience outside the box,” said Wandile. “The community groups, on the other hand, appreciate the opportunity given to them. To grow the festival, our plan is to involve more stakeholders in the art fraternity and put more efforts in marketing the project in order to attract more artists and to enlarge the audience.”
Duncan Riley of DWR and the SOS believes it’s very important to give back. “So many individuals in our